Remembering: It's as if it never was there

In an article a few back I mentioned a place (farm) on Hwy. 101 just before getting to the 101 Barnyard Flea Market. Back in the late 50’s and up into the mid 60’s this was a place I adored. There was a two-story farmhouse with three or four farm machinery sheds and barns and numerous tractors and many others, which a youngster like myself only dreamed of having. A couple of years ago the old farmhouse was torn down and completely removed and the sheds and barns had already fallen down. This was very disappointing to my eyes. And now the whole farm area is completely over grown with trees, vines, and other vegetation. Just like it never existed. Now this brings me to a couple of places around Clinton that use to be stately and functional places. One being the Lydia Mills plant and the Joanna mills. Both of these buildings are half torn down and the mill yards are over grown with ones and vegetation. Just like they never existed. Another place that comes to mind is the former Crossroads Store and diner and before that the old two-story Young’s crossroads store. Just like they never existed. And finally the ones which many my age, younger, and older will remember with fond memories are the old Lydia Mill Company Store and the old Providence school. The old store site is now nothing but a cement slab and the old school site is now trees and undergrowth. Just like they never existed. There are other places in and around our area, but these which I mentioned stand out more in my thoughts. These places were once useful and serving places and buildings, but now they are only memories in our mind, and even though it seems like they never existed… they really did! Still remembering, (Tommy Kitchens lives in Clinton.)

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